Protea is a genus of about 50 species of shrubs and trees in the family Proteaceae. They grow in regions of the southern hemisphere where conditions are particularly dry. These plants have leathery leaves and clusters of long, narrow, tubular flowers. Those beautiful “petals” are actually colorful bracts (modified leaves), surrounding a central mass of small, tubular flowers. Proteas are large, exotic and fascinating. They appear in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and colors, and are considered one of the oldest flowers in the world!
Meaning: The genus name was derived from “Proteus”, the son of the Greek god Poseidon.
Symbolism: Protea represents ingenuity, diversity, transformation and courage.